Welcome to Sam and Sheena Cycle! This blog will detail our cycle touring adventures from England to Vietnam over the coming months in the main journal and provide cycle touring guides and travel information for the countries we have visited on the way.
This website will provide insight into our day to day life on a bike, fascinating places we have seen and experiences (ranging from fantastic to petrifying to terrible) we have had. It’s not a race. Just two people exploring the world and seeing what it has to offer.
Our aim is to cycle from our start point (Dunkirk) to Vietnam. Our plans started out quite small with some cycling around Europe. As our date of departure grew closer and we got more excited, our plans began to expand and grow more ambitious, and so our final destination is Vietnam. As two people who enjoy travelling, we consider cycling to be one of, if not the best way of seeing the world. We often get to see places that are off the beaten track, allowing us to meet great people, see unspoilt countryside and often get treated as a novelty.
On the 14th July 2014, we set sail from Dover. The previous months had been filled with selling as much of our furniture and belongings as we could, packing up the remainder of our worldly goods and stockpiling the things we would need for our new adventure. We moved out of our house in the North East of England and quit our jobs on the 11th of July. Heading south in a Rent-a-Van, we were now fully committed. Three days later after many farewells to familyand friends, we drove the van for the last time to the ferry port. Our first four months have seen us cycle through Europe and the Balkans, a truly fantastic experience.
Due to visa restrictions (read more here), we flew from Belgrade to Sri Lanka in November and are currently in India, avoiding the cold, winter months of Europe while we plan what to do next. Should visa restrictions in Iran relax, hopefully we will find ourselves cycling through there and cenral Asia in the near future.
Our blog details our daily adventures and trials so that everyone can keep up to date with our progress. We also intend to provide country guides for those of you wishing to go cycle touring in one of the countries that we have been to as well as some useful infomation and reviews of the kit we are carrying.
Who are we?
I like cheese, I have bad knees. If there are flowers around I quite often sneeze.
I like ham, its much better than spam. I’ve never made it to Japan.
Sheena is from a small village in the west of Ireland. She has worked in a bar, as an elf, a medical secretary, a falconer and an engineer. She has been made redundant twice but always seems to bounce back! She loves the sea and anything to do with it, yoga, reading, hiking, seeing the world and anything that brings adventure. Her cycling experience is sparse and she first properly hopped on a bike to cycle fom Holland to Luxembourg in August 2013. It obviously made a good impression!